In the winter months, the cold air and soft ground means we all lose yardage on our shots.
You can reduce this effect by creating a higher ball flight on your drives, which will mean a longer carry through the air.
The set-up position I have demonstrated here is crucial if you want to hit long, high, straight drives as it will help you to deliver the best angle of attack on the ball.
Angle of attack (AoA) is how your driver head comes into the ball as you would look at the strike from face on. Either you are catching it at the bottom of the arc, which would be a 0 degree angle of attack, or you are catching it before or after that lowest point of the arc.
Much research has revealed that to hit your longest drives, you need to hit up on the ball about 2-5 degrees.
How big of a difference can there be?
Well, according to Golf Magazine, the difference between a -5 AoA and a +5 AoA is about 25 yards of distance at a 90 mph clubhead speed. You would potentially go from around 235 to around 260 without using more effort! At higher clubhead speeds, the difference will be even more.
To find out your angle of attack and to learn to hit the ball further we no extra effort come and see us in The Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre this winter. We use the industry leading GC2 with HMT from Foresight Sports to accurately measure what your club is doing to the ball.
An initial 1 hour lesson with one of our 3 PGA Professional’s is from just £20.00 and during this appointment we will show you exactly what you club is doing and you will learn how to optimise your swing to gain those valuable extra yards!
Book online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson
Call 01346 510693 or call in to see us in store at the golf centre.
Gift vouchers are available for all our lesson types and make an ideal Christmas gift.
Are you a big hitter?
If so, get along to Dunes for the third annual North East Scotland Long Drive Championship on Friday 8th December.
Men 2015: James Ritchie 343.84 yards
Men 2016: James Ritchie 359.25 yards
Women 2015: Lyn Morrice 170.00 yards
Women 2016: Georgia Cardno 175.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2015: Alex Ritchie 219.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2016: Alex Ritchie 255.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2015: Charlie Buchan 125.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2016: Liam McBeath 159.00 yards
Have you got the power to take the title this December?
There is only one way to find out and that is by coming along to Dunes to give it a go. Everyone gets 3 balls for free with extra balls costing just £1 each.
The event takes place in the amazing indoor Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre. You can use your own driver or borrow one of ours.
In keeping with our mission to grow all areas of golf; we are giving away prizes to Men, Women and Juniors.
There is no need to book, just turn up and put your name down on the list. Everyone who gets their name down by the cut off time of 7.30pm will get a go. The winners will be presented with prizes on the night.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you all on the 8th December!